Trains to Wigan

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

Wigan Town

Wigan sits right in the heart of England’s North West, surrounded by towns synonymous with the industrial golden age: Warrington, St Helens, Bolton and Chorley, with Manchester and Liverpool just over the horizon. Wigan’s particular trades were pottery, clock making, mills and coal mining, and they in turn led to the canals coming, and eventually the railway. Most of that industry is gone now, but there’s still a huge Heinz food factory, and the bookmaker Tote has its headquarters here, among other thriving industries. There’s still a busy shopping area for the locals, too, and the town is well known for its nightlife.

The town is famed around the world for three things: pies (everyone here loves them); Wigan Warriors (easily England’s most successful rugby league club); and George Orwell's 1937 book The Road to Wigan Pier, which documented the lifestyles of the workers of this and other Northern towns. The West Coast Mainline runs straight through the middle of the town on the Bolton and Warrington branch, making it a perfect place to live for commuters to either town, plus Liverpool and Manchester.

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Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Wigan

If you’re looking for trains to Wigan but don’t know how long your journey will take, here are some of the commonest journeys, and their durations.

Fastest Journey Times

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Fastest time

Preston to Wigan

10 minutes

Warrington to Wigan

10 minutes

London to Wigan

1 hour 55 minutes

Crewe to Wigan

27 minutes

Lancaster to Wigan

30 minutes

Glasgow to Wigan

2 hours 32 minutes

Carlisle to Wigan

1 hour 21 minutes

Edinburgh to Wigan

2 hours 37 minutes

Milton Keynes to Wigan

2 hours 24 minutes

Coventry to Wigan

1 hour 55 minutes

Things to do in Wigan

It’s quite possible you’re visiting Wigan to watch a rugby match, in which case the DW Stadium is about 20 minutes’ walk, or 5 minutes’ taxi, from the station – have a read of the club’s game day experience for more details on where you need to go for a memorable day pitchside. One thing is guaranteed – there’s going to be an unbelievable atmosphere in this rugby-obsessed town.

Haigh Park

Just to the north east of the town, the houses give way to miles of rolling countryside, and the delightful Haigh Woodland Park. It’s a fine place to wander around, whether you’re alone or with friends and family, but if you fancy doing something fun, you can try out the high ropes, mini golf or perhaps a round of the full size golf course if you’ve got time on your hands.

Trencherfield Mill

A taste of Wigan’s cultural heritage is never far away, either. You can visit the Museum of Wigan Life, or be awe-struck by the Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, a century-old powerhouse that is as thrilling as it is fascinating, especially when it’s fired up and going. At some point, you’ll have to try a pie, so drop into a pie shop, baker or chippy to have your fill. You won’t regret it.


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